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Library Book Haul !

Well I went to the library today, actually 2 libraries. I know that I shouldn’t because I see all these gorgeous books and they all want me to take them home. Even though I may not get to this as fast as I want to. That’s ok though because I can just renew them online. So here are the 7 books I just couldn’t leave behind!! ( All synopsis are from Goodreads.com)

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

Daughters of Ruin

Meet rumor with quiet, treason with cunning, and vicious with vicious.

Rhea, Cadis, Suki, and Iren have lived together since they were children. They are called sisters. They are not. They are called equals. They are not. They are princesses. And they are enemies.

A brutal war ravaged their kingdoms, and Rhea’s father was the victor. As a gesture of peace, King Declan brought the daughters of his rivals to live under his protection—and his ever-watchful eye.

For ten years they have trained together as diplomats and warriors, raised to accept their thrones and unite their kingdoms in peace. But there is no peace among sisters, and all plans shatter when the palace is attacked. As their intended future lies in ashes, Rhea, Cadis, Suki, and Iren must decide where their loyalties lie: to their nations, or to each other.

Alliances shift and the consequences are deadly in this stunning fantasy debut from K. D. Castner.

Frost

Being human is her greatest strength.

Sixteen-year-old Frost understands why she’s spent her entire life in an abandoned apartment building. The ruined streets below are hunting grounds for rogue robots and Eaters.

She understands why she’s never met a human besides her father. She even understands why he forbids her to look for medicine for her dying pet. But the thing is, it’s not her real father giving the orders…

It’s his memories.

Before he died, Frost’s father uploaded his consciousness into their robot servant. But the technology malfunctioned, and now her father fades in and out. So when Frost learns that there might be medicine on the other side of the ravaged city, she embarks on a dangerous journey to save the one living creature she loves.

With only a robot as a companion, Frost must face terrors of all sorts, from outrunning the vicious Eaters…to talking to the first boy she’s ever set eyes on. But can a girl who’s only seen the world through books and dusty windows survive on her own? Or will her first journey from home be her last?

The Miniaturist

Set in seventeenth century Amsterdam—a city ruled by glittering wealth and oppressive religion—a masterful debut steeped in atmosphere and shimmering with mystery, in the tradition of Emma Donoghue, Sarah Waters, and Sarah Dunant.

“There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed . . .”

On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office—leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin.

But Nella’s world changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist—an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways . . .

Johannes’ gift helps Nella to pierce the closed world of the Brandt household. But as she uncovers its unusual secrets, she begins to understand—and fear—the escalating dangers that await them all. In this repressively pious society where gold is worshipped second only to God, to be different is a threat to the moral fabric of society, and not even a man as rich as Johannes is safe. Only one person seems to see the fate that awaits them. Is the miniaturist the key to their salvation . . . or the architect of their destruction?

Enchanting, beautiful, and exquisitely suspenseful, The Miniaturist is a magnificent story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.

The Crown's Game (The Crown's Game, #1)

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip-smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love…or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear—the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

Spindle (A Thousand Nights, #2)

The world is made safe by a woman…but it is a very big world.

It has been generations since the Storyteller Queen drove the demon out of her husband and saved her country from fire and blood. Her family has prospered beyond the borders of their village, and two new kingdoms have sprouted on either side of the mountains where the demons are kept prisoner by bright iron, and by the creatures the Storyteller Queen made to keep them contained.

But the prison is crumbling. Through years of careful manipulation, a demon has regained her power. She has made one kingdom strong and brought the other to its knees, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. When a princess is born, the demon is ready with the final blow: a curse that will cost the princess her very soul, or force her to destroy her own people to save her life.

The threads of magic are tightly spun, binding princess and exiled spinners into a desperate plot to break the curse before the demon can become a queen of men. But the web of power is dangerously tangled–and they may not see the true pattern until it is unspooled.

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)

Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

Those are the 7 library books that I picked out. I did however and jump the gun on Spindle. This is the companion book to A Thousand and One Nights by E.K. Johnston, which I haven’t read yet. Oops! 

I do not know if I will get to any of these this month but here’s hoping. Like I said, I can always renew them.

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Illuminae

Daughters of Ruin

Frost

The Minaturist

The Crown’s Game

Spindle

Scythe

Elementals- The Head of Medusa ~Book Review

*E-book received for an honest review*

Synopsis

When Nicole Cassidy moved to a new town, she discovered that she was a witch descended from gods. But that was nothing compared to learning that it was up to her and four others with mysterious elemental powers to help save the world from the Titans, who would soon return to Earth.

Now her relationship with Blake — the fire Elemental — is finally heating up. But she must remain focused, because Typhon, one of the deadliest creatures in history, has escaped from the weakening prison world. Only one object can destroy him — the head of Medusa herself. (Amazon.com)

 

My Thoughts

This series has to be one of the most addicting and fastest reads of mine yet. I am flying through them and I can’t seem to get enough. I literally read each one with in a day of receiving it.

This third book, The Head of Medusa, is no different. The 5 heroes have to travel to Antarctica to retrieve the Golden Sword of Athena to kill Medusa. I loved the pop culture reference of Chione being what Disney based their version of Elsa on. That was funny. Then having defeated Chione and taking the sword to fight Medusa was very intense. They need Medusa’s head to turn Typhoon ( worst baddie of the Titans) into stone before his soul can meet up with his body. They are able to finish their quest but with gut wrenching results.

This book is so far the most intense and heartbreaking yet. I get so into these books and so far always shocked by the cliff hanger endings. Which makes me drooling for the next one!!

 

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The Runaway Wife ~ Book Review

The Runaway Wife

Published July 12, 2016

* I received an ARC of this book for review*

Synopsis

Three beautiful French sisters entrust an American hiker with the mission of rescuing their mother high in the Alps.

But what if she doesn’t want to be found?

Recently fired from his high-power finance job and dumped by his fiancée, Jim Olsen has come to the Swiss Alps to clear his head. At the charming Cabane des Audannes, he meets Clio, Thalia and Helene Castellane, who are on a quest of their own: their mother, Calliope, has fled to these mountains to escape her philandering politician husband’s most recent scandal. As snow threatens to descend upon the Alps, the women have come to bring their mother home.

But the sisters are at the point of surrender; it is time for them to return to Paris. Buoyed by wine and inspired by their beauty, Jim impetuously volunteers to assume their search, but soon realizes that he is in over his head. The Alps are filled with beauty and danger, not the least of which is Calliope’s desire to stay hidden. And all the while Jim finds himself haunted by the memory of her daughters and conflicted in his desire for them.(GR)

My Thoughts

I was contacted by Harper Collins to review this book back in July. Due to this pregnancy my biggest reading slump of 2016 was in full swing. I finally managed to finish it and I have to say that it wasn’t my favorite book this year.

I liked the way the author described everything in the book. I could imagine seeing the Alps for myself and would love to go there now. I just couldn’t really connect with any of the characters. I was sad that  Calliope had to leave her getaway up in the mountains to return to her abusive husband. I am happy that Jim seemed to find love again.

This book to me is about finding your true self and to find happiness with your life. It did give me hope that everyone should strive for each in their own lives. Not to conform or give up your own happiness just to make others happy.

 

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You’ve Got Mail ~ Special Edition

I am so super excited people. Today I received my prize for the BookTube A Thon Poem contest that,  @littlebookowl hosted during her night on the Twitter reading sprints. Here is a picture of the poem that I had to put together using only book titles…

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The Husband, The Good Guy, is Mr. Murder. Is Relentless and says Your Heart Belongs to Me.

You…. Panic.

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That is the winning poem! I hope you enjoyed it. I had fun putting it together. Anyways…look what came in the mail for me today. All the way from London!!

Ready Player One

If you check out my Instagram account you will also see my new bookmark as well.

So now I have Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and I am so grateful to the lovely ladies that hosted BookTube A Thon.

I can not wait to read this one and then jump into Armada!!

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Not Every Girl Review

Synopsis

This story follows a girl named Olivia and she isn’t like the other girls. She doesn’t dream of court or her wedding, all she wants to be is a knight. So her father, who is the King’s Master of Arms, allows her to train with the squires. She trains for years and when her father gets a mission to escort the king to a neighboring kingdom Olivia is very excited. Her father tells her that he convinced the king to allow all the squires to attend as a training opportunity. When the time comes to leave Olivia, being a girl, is told that she can not accompany the group due to the fact that she is a girl. Heartbroken, the only thing she can do is knock out her best friend and take his place as one of the knight’s squires. Olivia is not discovered until the next morning by the knight and in which she has brought embarrassment to her father. The king orders her to return to the kingdom with one of his knights. Prince Liam steps up and tells his father that he will also go with them. On the road they are attacked by King John’s mercenaries and once they are killed, Prince Liam sends the knight to tell his brother to bring the army because he knows that his father is in trouble. With the help of a band of outlaws they rush to rescue the king and Olivia’s father.

My Thoughts

I found this book through the author Jane McGarry over on Instagram. The plot sounded very interesting to me and so I requested a copy for an honest review. Jane is so sweet and so she sent me an e-book of her novel. It did take me longer that I anticipated for me to finish this book but I finally did!!

I love Jane’s writing style. The story was so beautifully written and it was very easy to follow. When I was able to pick it up I was always instantly hooked into it. It is a fast read and I could of read it in one sitting but June had been a crazy month for me so I had to pace it out.

Olivia is such a great character and her development through out the book is flawless. Prince Liam is a wonderful character as well and I love how they interacted. I also enjoyed how it wasn’t really an insta-love. I mean they fell in love over the span of a week but it was so cute how it blossomed. I found myself laughing out loud at some parts of this story and I would recommend it to anyone who likes stories that resemble fairy tales. Not because it was a fairy tale but it just felt that way to me.